Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president on Wednesday.
After Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in on the Western Front of the Capitol shortly before noon, a star-studded, largely virtual celebration began. Biden put his hand on a more than 100-year-old family Bible that his wife Jill Biden was holding to take the oath of office.
Only about 1,000 socially distant guests, including former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, attended the ceremony. Donald Trump was absent, making him the first president to skip the inauguration of a successor since Andrew Johnson.
Lady Gaga sang the national anthem, followed by a virtual parade in which all states and territories participated. The 90-minute TV special “Celebrating America” by Tom Hanks will be broadcast Wednesday evening.
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